It's a case where Texas authorities have had to shake their heads.
Authorities claim that a Houston woman beat and killed her 3-year-old son on June 11, while apparently having engaged the child and his son's siblings in a game of "chicken."
The Harris County Procuratorate says a surveillance video of a nearby apartment complex shows Lexus Stagg, 26, driving a Lincoln Navigator back and forth while her three young children try to avoid a strike.
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At some point, however, the 3-year-old is beaten. He later died in a hospital, according to authorities.
"You should play Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to evade a 5,600-pound deadly weapon," Harris County District chief of vehicle crime law firm Sean Teare said, "You should play Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to evade a deadly 5,600-pound weapon. "
Adds District Attorney Kim Ogg:" Cars are Not a toy and it's not a game to play chicken with your kids. "
The authorities say Stagg was charged with negligent homicide in connection with the child's death.
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Houston's KHOU-TV reported that the woman just did not know to the police that the child was still in the vehicle's path.
Stagg was It is not clear if she has a lawyer who speaks for her.
According to KHOU, Staggs sent two more children to a relative.
If convicted, Stagg faces 10 years in prison, the Chronicle reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.